Recently retired Lionesses veteran, Eniola Aluko is to take up the role of Aston Villa FC’s Sporting Director of Women’s Football in March.
Aluko has recently completed a two-year UEFA Masters for International Players, focusing on football administration and the business side of the game, in preparation for her career after playing.
Speaking to avfc.co.uk, she said of the FA Women’s Championship leaders: “The team have done fantastically well this season, being unbeaten in the league and clear at the top of the table.
“Hopefully they’ll secure promotion to the Women’s Super League at the end of the season and then it’s about saying, ‘where do we want to go?”
“We want to establish a culture of excellence and high standards so that the players come in every day and are excited about being elite footballers.”
She added: “For Aston Villa Women, it’s about setting our objectives high and establishing ourselves as the best club in the Midlands.
“The owners are very serious about and committed to making sure that Aston Villa Women are in the best position to be the dominant side in the Midlands and an established side in the Women’s Super League.”